By Alex Del Barrio

HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Brock Osweiler was far from perfect in his second preseason outing as the starting quarterback for the Houston Texans against the New Orleans Saints. However, the first year Texans starter did show much more command of the offense in helping the Texans beat New Orleans 16-9 Saturday night at NRG Stadium,

Osweiler played most of the first half and finished the night 12-for-19 with 124 yards passing and the touchdown to Fuller with one pick.

The interception was one he would like to have back because of where it was on the field with the Texans driving on a 4th-and-goal from the New Orleans 3-yard line.

“It’s the cardinal sin. No turnovers in the red area and I know better,” Osweiler said after the game.  “I’m a better player than what I showed on that play and that’s something that I can promise you won’t happen again.”

The Texans took a step forward with their first team offense on Saturday. However head coach Bill O’Brien says they have to keep moving forward.

“It was good to see Brock complete some passes, which was good,” O’Brien said. “I think we’ve got to take another step next week. We have to keep improving.”

Osweiler saw the improvement the offense made from last week against the 49ers to now.

“I think the results of what we did on offense tonight were certainly better than what we did in San Francisco,” Osweiler said.  “We were able to get some points on the board.  We were able to get some first downs.”

Osweiler felt they played even better offensively in some of the finer details.

“I think we broke the huddle tonight, we got to the line of scrimmage with great tempo. You can’t necessarily say that being the case last week. So we made improvements there, we made improvements with our communication.

Comfort in the complex Bill O’Brien offense takes any quarterback time. Osweiler feels every time he has an opportunity to improve and gain a new level of comfort in the system.

“Obviously there’s a lot that goes into this offensive system, mic points, checks, alerts, conversions, option routes, and so every single time that I’m able to step on the field and get reps and study this offense, practice this offense, play in this offense, I become more comfortable,” Osweiler said.

The Texans will host the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, August 28 for their third preseason game.

Alex Del Barrio can be heard on Saturday afternoons with Matt Murphy from 3-7 pm and on Sunday afternoons with Jeremy Branham on Sportsradio 610. Follow Alex Del Barrio on Twitter: @alexdelbarrio


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